Lee, 021380 MSAGO, 19800213
|Case Date:||February 13, 1980|
I have been requested to obtain an opinion from your office for the Board of Supervisors of Scott County with reference to the following situation: When Isaac Weems was initially elected Supervisor of District No. 5 for a term beginning in 1976, his brother-in-law had been employed for a number of years on the road crew. He continued to work in that capacity, and an order was entered on the minutes affirming the situation. Approximately two years ago, he transferred from his position on the road crew to the garbage collection crew for the entire county. He now wishes to return to his former duties on the District No. 5 road crew. The Board's question is whether there is any prohibition under the law, and if not, whether the matter should be recognized by the entry of an order on the minutes.The pertinent statute is § 19-13-3, Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended, and states:
For the performance of any work or for the furnishing of any supplies or materials, it shall be unlawful for any member of the board of supervisors of any county, or any road commissioner of any county or road district whatsoever of any county in this state, to knowingly vote to let any contract to or for the employment by contract, or otherwise, of any relative of any member of the board...
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